E1- Introduction to Literature eBook Excellence in Literature


Introduction to Literature (English 1) is a one year, college-preparatory literature and composition course, and is the first volume of the Excellence in Literature curriculum.

Visit the print edition page for a full description.

Downloadable eBook: 156 pages


The Introduction to Literature ebook contains the same text as the print version of the book. Intro to Lit is also known as English 1, and is the first volume of the Excellence in Literature curriculum. You can read a full description of the book and its contents at the print edition page, but here is a reading list of the books that will be studied at this level (honors texts are optional).

Reading List for Introduction to Literature ebook

Module 1: Short Stories

  • Sarah Orne Jewett: A White Heron
  • Edgar Allen Poe: The Purloined Letter (This Poe story is not scary, if you’re concerned about that.)
  • Guy de Maupassant: The Diamond Necklace
  • O. Henry: The Ransom of Red Chief
  • Eudora Welty: A Worn Path
  • James Thurber: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Module 2: Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Honors: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Module 3: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

Honors: The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

Module 4: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Honors: Shirley or Villette by Charlotte Brontë

Module 5: Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

Honors: Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot

Module 6: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Honors: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Module 7: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Honors: 1984 by George Orwell

Module 8: The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Honors: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Module 9: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Honors: The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

Following the nine modules that outline readings and a week-by-week lesson plan for each of the classic works being studied, you will find reference resources, including instructions for evaluation, reproducible rubric and assignment sheets, and more. You can see an annotated listing of each of the introductory and reference chapters at the “What is included in Excellence in Literature” post.

Visit my blog to read about how I chose the literature for Excellence in Literature. This link will open in a new tab, so you don’t have to worry about losing your place here.



Get the print book and ebook together for just a bit more.

We offer the exclusive Print Plus ebook add-on option.

Print Plus eBook learning advantages:

  • Printed guide is best for frequently referenced instructional articles and models
  • eBook add-on can be one more than one device for use by others in the family
  • eBook add-on allows students to click context resources links on most computers, rather than type in URLs (any link updates will be listed on the Excellence in Literature resource site in the Curriculum User Content)
  • Extra copies of reproducible forms can be easily printed from the add-on


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